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We Poked Our Head into the Newest Poke Bowl Spot, Raw Mkt

The latest fast-casual joint to hit NYU’s West 8th Street corridor is also the latest poke bowl spot to hit the city. No, this one doesn’t sell Dole Whip. But it’s got a few things going for it, starting with a mini market selling Japanese goods.

Okay, so the market is more like a few shelves on the wall, and isn’t likely to assuage those still mourning the recent loss of M2M nearby. But still, you can pick up Japanese goodies like Pocky, Hi-Chew, Hello Panda, and wasabi peas, along with condiments like sesame oil and Sriracha.

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Ramen Ridiculousness! Five New Places to Slurp Away

Slurping season is almost upon us, and this winter will bring more ramen options than ever before.

Ramen bowls at Noodle Beach. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Ramen bowls at Noodle Beach. (Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Ramen by Mew
7 Cornelia St., nr. West 4th Street, West Village
The basement izakaya known as Mew, which opened two years ago in Koreatown, is expanding with a ramen joint on Cornelia Street. They’re shooting for a December opening, but have already started posting photos of dishes on Instagram, including soft-boiled eggs topped with sea urchin, chashu pork belly, nanbanzuke (fried salmon with a vinegar-sake marinade), and tonkotsu ramen.

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7 Wacky Things to Do at Waku Waku, a Cavalcade of Japanese Pop Culture

Always dreamt of traveling to Japan but couldn’t face the 14-hour flight? If so, you’ll be glad to know that this weekend your biggest obstacle to experiencing all the cultural wonders of that far eastern isle will be a trip on the G train. Presenting the inaugural “Waku Waku + NYC” Japanese pop culture festival, a cornucopia of “anime, video, games, fine art, fashion, cosplay, food, music and sports” taking place at the Brooklyn Bowl, Verboten and the newly opened Brooklyn Expo Center. “Waku Waku” roughly translates to “excitement in a dream-like state.” With that in mind, we scoured the schedule in search of events likely to precipitate the most dream-worthy excitement, featured below.

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Bar Goto Is About to Be Your New Go-To For Japanese-Style Cocktails and Tapas

(Photo Credit: Gabi Porter)

(Photo Credit: Gabi Porter)

The rapidly upscaling Lower Lower East Side — which recently got a new nightspot and French bistro — adds a cocktail destination to its ranks tonight. Bar Goto, a Japanese tapas spot, was envisioned by master mixologist Kenta Goto, who spent seven years at Houston Street drinks mecca Pegu Club.

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Dojo Izakaya Is Now Serving Up Soba On Ave B

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

Oodles of noodles! While East Williamsburg has a new ramen refuge, the East Village just scored a new soba spot.  Chef David Bouhadana just opened his second restaurant in the neighborhood — not bad for a 28-year-old who grew up in Florida.
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A Vintage Clothier Opens an Izakaya With ‘Special Addictive Fried Chicken’

1457537_979032202114010_889068870840931021_nYudai Kanayama’s clothing shop, Champon Vintage at Williamsburg’s Artist & Fleas, is named after a type of ramen — so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the FIT graduate has opened a restaurant.

When he quietly opened Izakaya on the East Village’s Curry Row a little over a week ago, he put a sign out on East Sixth Street that was meant to evoke Hokkaidō’s defunct Kōfuku Station. Fellow Japanese people who recognized the name of the station — which means “happiness” — immediately began poking into the restaurant, he said.
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Salt + Charcoal Has Fired Up the Robata in Williamsburg

(Photos courtesy Salt + Charcoal)

(Photos courtesy Salt + Charcoal)

Salt + Charcoal, the Williamsburg robata restaurant we’ve been looking forward to since August, soft-opened this week on the corner of Bedford and Grand. Their liquor license hasn’t come in yet, but the food itself – by chef-owner Jiro Iida, previously of Yakitori Totto’s sister restaurant Aburiya-Kinnosuke – looks like it can stand on its own: partner Kei Sugimoto tells us the place is one of the few if not the only Japanese spots to get the fire department’s permission to grill using the imported oak-wood charcoal known as binchotan rather than gas. Another distinguishing characteristic: there’s a piece by Kei’s father, famed photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, hanging on the wall.
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Manhattan Is Getting a Matcha Cafe, Too

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

When MatchaBar opened in Williamsburg last month, it touted itself as the only matcha cafe in the city. But it won’t be for long. B+B contributor Jenna Marotta tipped us off to another one “opening soon” at 223 East Fourth Street.

Per a sign in the window of the sliver of a space between Avenues A and B, Matcha Bar Wabi will be selling shots of the trendy Japanese green tea, matcha lattes, and espresso and lattes made with beans roasted by Stone Street Coffee Company. There will also be sweets and green tea ice cream. Plus, a “local artists show” as well as classes like “Let’s Learn About Japanese Food,” “How to Make Specialty Coffee,” and more.

We’ll keep you posted as the opening date nears.